April 11, 2010

Chewy Brownies

Brownies are another group of crowd pleasing cookies. Much like chocolate chip cookies, these bar cookies use basic baking ingredients, are simple to make (even easier than CCCs), can be easily changed in shape and portion size, appeal to many people, and come in different textural varieties (fudgy, cakey, and chewy).


My favorites happen to be chewy brownies. This recipe is quite adaptable. First of all, additional ingredients, like nuts or chocolate chips, can easily be added into the batter, if preferred. Secondly, since these brownies are baked in a large sheet, once cooled, they can be cut however desired: the standard 24 rectangles, 48 smaller rectangles for a larger group, circles with a circle cutter for brownie bites, or even hearts with heart cookie cutters to add a cute touch.


Chewy Brownies
adapted from Recipezaar

1 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp water
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract
chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the sugar with the slightly warm, melted butter. Add the eggs one at a time while mixing. Then add the vanilla extract and water. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients: cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Add nuts or chocolate chips if desired, and mix.

Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Then line the pan with parchment paper so that it covers the bottom and the longer sides of the pan: the non-stick spray helps keep the parchment in place and the parchment paper will make it easier to lift the cooled brownies out of the baking pan later on.

Spread the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan. The batter will be quite thick; you might need to use your hands to help spread it. Bake the brownies for 18 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out slightly sticky. Let the brownies cool all the way in the pan. Once cool, lift the brownies along with the parchment out of the pan, cut as desired, and serve.

Makes 24 brownies.

34 comments:

  1. Very cute heart shaped brownies!! I love your creativity in your cooking~ keep it up! :DD

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  2. These are really cute. I was gonna make brownies today for my kiddos. Maybe I'll cut them into shapes so I can eat all the scraps before they get home. : )

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  3. ooooh i'm done. :D they're really yummy... it was a success. this recipe is definitely a keeper. i'll post the products on my blog maybe tomorrow when i wake up and take some good photos. :D

    thanks for this!:)

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  4. - f i.: Thanks!

    Blissful Nibbles: Yay, success! Wow, that was fast. I can't wait to check out the results.

    oneordinaryday: Hehe, the scraps are always the best :P.

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  5. I've been making macarons-- the first time was utter fail but I did well the next couple of times-- I keep thinking of you whenever I make em!

    I ordered some "pro" macarons from Etsy in hopes that it will enlighten me. Also gives me a chance to see what a macaron is really supposed to taste like =)

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  6. I can see myself grabbing a block of your brownie from in my computer screen and biting into it, feeling it succumb to the mighty strength of my hungry mouth. yom yom yom. tut, I want it for real. I will have to make this when I have more variety in my baking supplies... or I can ask my baking friends to make them for me.... *hint hint* :) teeeheehhehe

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  7. Lisa: Haha. I love macarons. So yummy and lovely. Glad that you got the hang of them.

    Mel: If only! That reminds my of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Chocolate television, where you can just reach in and grab the food in the TV. You should definitely try making them though. Not difficult at all.

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  8. ohmygosh that is the best brownie recipe ever! I baked them on saturday, and within two days they have been eaten! Next time i make them im going to try cut them interesting shapes like you have =] I posted an image on them on my blog http://apocketfullofsweetness.blogspot.com/2010/04/brownie-love.html =]

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  9. Thanks for posting such an awesome recipe! It was my first time baking brownies from scratch, and I must say- it tastes so much better than the mix! I got a lot of compliments on it (not only did it taste good, but everyone loved the heart cutouts lol)

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  10. cloridaaa: Haha, that's the exact thing I thought when I first made these. I've tried plenty of other brownie recipes with less than spectacular results, but when I made this one, I knew it was a keeper. Yay, I'll be checking out your blog link.

    ou: No problem. I'm glad it was such a success. I'd definitely choose this over a mix anyday :).

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  11. I made these yesterday with some crushed peppermint candy and cashew-nuts, delicious. And they're sooo chewy too, I haven't baked anything like these before. :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. Dear Susan,

    Your bakings are colorful.
    It is so beautiful that I enjoy to read it.
    I would like to make the chocolate brownis first. Thank you for the recipe.

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  13. hi there,planning to bake your brownies next week!the problem is,i only have those 8 x 8 inch baking trays.how long do u think the baking time would be?thanks!:)

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  14. elli: Mmm, cashews. I agree, I love how chewy the brownies end up being.

    photo: Thanks. I'm happy you like how colorful everything is :D. I hope you do try out the brownies!

    Alyssa: Hmm, I've actually never tried it with a smaller pan before. Trial and error is probably the way to go about this. It would depend on what you choose to do. If you use one 8x8 pan with all the batter, then you'd definitely need to bake it longer to account for the loss of surface area, which I wouldn't suggest. You could use about 2/3 of the batter in the 8x8 pan to get the same thickness of brownies and that you'd bake a little less, maybe 17-22 minutes.

    If you use two 8x8 pans for the batter, then you'd have thinner brownies that you'd bake 15-22 minutes. The best test would be checking the brownies with a toothpick. When you think they're about done, stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out relatively clean with a few crumbs (not raw batter) then it should be done.

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  15. Hello! I'd just like to say how awesome your recipes are and that I find it so cool that you want to be a doctor xD

    Anyway, I'd like to ask, what if you had no parchment paper, can you still bake this?

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  16. Blanc: Thanks! Yes, you can still make this without parchment paper. You can substitute foil for the parchment, just remember to spray it with some nonstick spray.

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  17. can non-stick spray be substituted with anything else? :D

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  18. Blanc: You can use melted butter to grease the foil instead of nonstick spray.

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  19. I made these for a friend's wedding reception last weekend. They had an adorable dessert table and these heart-shaped brownies were perfect. Not only was the recipe a cinch to put together, but these have to be the best brownies I've ever had! I made them this past week for a girls night but halved the vanilla extract and added 1 tsp of peppermint extract for mint brownies! So good!

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  20. Mallory: Ooh, peppermint brownies! Sounds delish. But yeah, this is totally my go-to brownie recipe for those very reasons.

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  21. Really looking delicious and yummy this browni . Even my all friends love it. i'll definitely recommend this site to my friends and i have also bookmarked it.

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  22. I made these brownies and I have to say I am sooo thankful for finding this. I had tryed a dozen other recipes and they just didn't turn out right or very good, finally I found this and its something I can remember and make with confidence and my children LOVE them! Thank you!

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  23. Javed vardi, Anonymous, Danyale: Yay, glad to hear it worked out well! This is definitely why this is my go-to brownie recipe.

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  24. These were the best homemade brownies I have ever made! I added a 1/4 cup of brewed coffee to the liquid ingredients because coffee enhances the chocolate. They were rich and chewy and absolutely divine! I never comment on the recipes I find on the Internet but I felt compelled to comment this time. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

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  25. Hey, hope u make a video ;-). it will easier for us to see how to prepare and bake. Thanks

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  26. I'm making these right now, and I'm so excited. We left the chocolate chips and walnuts out. However, they seem to be the best recipe so far! :D

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  27. This is the easiest recipe for brownies I have ever made. They turned out perfect.

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  28. Bonjour from France! I found your site while searching for the best brownie recipe ever and am so glad I did. I've never used cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate but these were delicious, rich and chewy. A note to others in France who may find this recipe and not know about the difference between French and American flours : since the protein levels are different, substitute 1/3 cup of the flour with 1/3 cup Maizena cornstarch to prevent your brownies from being too cakey (like the French version of brownies I've had from the patisseries.) I prefer to use la farine à gâteaux which has baking powder in it and a lower protein level but still do the Maizena substitute. J'espère que ça aidera les françaises!

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  29. hi! can i replace the butter with canola oil?

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  30. I just made these and i have to say.... these are SIMPLE, EASY, AND DELICIOUS.... Beautiful Recipe ..... i will definately make these again some time...

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  31. BEST BROWNIES IN THE WORLD!! Trust me they are, I'm very picky when it comes to brownies. ((:

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  32. I was wanting too make these for a big family gathering were gonna be having on the 4th of july and I was wondering if this recipe can be doubled?

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